How to Leave Barcelona Airport and Reach the City Center


Are you planning a trip to Barcelona and wondering how to get from the airport to the city center? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll cover all the information you need to know to leave Barcelona Airport and start your adventure in Spain.

Firstly, there are three main options for leaving Barcelona Airport and reaching the city center: the train, the metro and the bus. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

The Airport Train

The Barcelona Airport train is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to reach the city center. The R2 North Line leaves from Terminal 2 and runs every 30 minutes from 5:42 am to 11:38 pm. The journey takes around 25 minutes and stops at several stations in the city, including Sants Station, Passeig de Gracia, and El Clot-Arago.

To take the train, you’ll need to purchase a ticket from the vending machines or ticket office at the airport. You will find all the details on the video above.

The Airport Metro

The Barcelona Airport metro is another convenient option for reaching the city center. The L9 Sud Line leaves from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and runs every 7-8 minutes from 5:00 am to midnight (2:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays). The journey takes around 32 minutes and stops at several stations in the city, including Collblanc, Zona Universitaria, and Sagrada Familia.

To take the metro, you’ll need to purchase a ticket from the vending machines or ticket office at the airport. Details on the video above, including a step-by-step description on how to buy the tickets.

The Airport buses

Barcelona airport is covered both by local buses and the Aerobús, the official shuttle service running from the two airport terminals to the center of Barcelona. As it was the case above, you will find all the details on the video.

Other options

If you’re traveling with a lot of luggage or want a more comfortable ride, a taxi is your best option. You will pay whatever is displayed on the taximeter.

What is the best option to leave Barcelona airport?

Your choice will depend on many factors:

  • the address you are heading to in Barcelona.
  • the amount of luggage you are carrying.
  • the day of the week and the time of the day.

If you’d like to know what we think would be the first option for you, drop us a comment either here or at the video in our YouTube channel, and we will try to help with specific instructions.

Barcelona airport is very well connected to the centre of the city, it is just a question of choosing the right transport for you.

17 thoughts on “How to Leave Barcelona Airport and Reach the City Center”

  1. Tony

    I would very much like your advice on getting from the airport in Barcelona to our VRBO apartment. We are traveling from the United States. The address is Carrer dels Boters 3 Pral. We will arrive on 11th of May. Our flight is scheduled to arrive at 1300 hrs.

    Walker Criswell

    • Hi Walker, if you are traveling with luggage, take a taxi. Your accommodation is in a pedestrian area of the historic centre of Barcelona where public transport doesn’t go.

  2. Hi Tony. I bought a Hola Barcelona card for 48 hours. I would like to ask you if I can travel for free from the airport to the city by train?

  3. Hi Tony. We would like to hear your advice about getting to Eixample from the airport on a sunday afternoon with only one big luggage!

    Thank you!

  4. Hi Tony,
    We are reaching Barcelona on 15th May , 9 am and have hotel accommodation on Carrer del Rosello, 205, 0800.
    Could you pls advise which way of transportation is more convenient ( not necessarily from money pdv ) . Just to mention we are carrying 2 cabin luggage.
    Thank you
    Simona Coman

    • Hi Simona, you could reach the hotel by metro (would have to change metro line once) or, if you want to reach your accommodation directly, no stress involved, we would advise you to take a taxi. All the best.

  5. Hola Tony

    There are many YouTube videos on safety in Barcellona, specifically pickpocketing. Which is safer to travel from the airport to the Aribau 33 · 08011 · Barcelona? There are options between Bus (A2) and Train (R2), we can take either since we will have 1 large piece of luggage and 3 of us. The bus has multiple stops before our stop. Thanks and your videos are very informative. Joe

    • Hi Joe, being three, and with a large item of luggage, we would take a taxi, the safest option by far. You don’t want to fall victim of pickpockets on the way to your hotel. Their alternative would be the Aerobus. All the best.

  6. Hi,

    I’m looking for information on Night bus services i.e., N17 and N18 from airport. I’m travelling solo with just a backpack and arriving at T1 terminal at 1.30 AM on Saturday
    Can I get a T-Usual pass from metro station after 2 AM?
    If I manage to get one, can I use it for night bus services? Please help, there is no information present about it anywhere.


    • Hi Deepesh, you can but the T-usual card from the metro station machines. From Saturday to Sunday the metro runs continuosly, no need to take a night bus.

      • Hi Tony,

        Thank you for your prompt response, I have to catch an early morning flight as well on tuesday, that’s why I wanted to know if the nightlink bus services are included in the T-Usual card.

        Please confirm if I can use T-Usual card for nightlink services without any extra charges?


        • Hi, the night buses do not form part of Barcelona’s integrated transport public system. You will have to pay for them separately.


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